Highworth has a strong team of individuals, each of whom bring a vast variety of knowledge and skill which forms our governing body. This team helps ensure that the school is run to the best of its abilities with the resources available.
At Highworth the staff and governors have very clear aims. Academically we try to achieve the highest possible standards by having a structured teaching programme that includes monitoring and assessment so that each child’s needs are identified and met in an appropriate way. We want our environment to be happy and secure, caring and well disciplined, stimulating and inspiring.
Below you will be able to read about the individuals that make up the team as well as gain a little insight into their backgrounds.

David Thomas


Parent / Early Years Governor
Business/Personal Interests: Parent of child(ren) attending the school

I have two sons at Highworth, who are both so happy, settled and learning so much that it is a genuine pleasure to be involved in the school. I have been a Parent Governor since 2017, and held the role of Chair since 2018. I really enjoy working with my fellow governors, the teachers and the wider school community to help Highworth go from strength to strength. Outside of school I work full time for English Heritage developing interpretation for historic sites across England.

Nicola Bibby

Vice Chair

Parent / Numeracy Governor
Business/Personal Interests: Parent of child(ren) attending the school

I have two sons, Thomas, who has just started secondary school, and Daniel, who is still at Highworth. Thomas loved his time at Highworth and Daniel is very happy there. I have always tried to be involved with their school, from helping in class or on trips and more recently with the PTA and being Class Representative, becoming a Governor seemed a natural progression.
I am very much looking forward to working with the other Governors and staff at Highworth and making a positive contribution.

Clare Pankhania


Business/Personal Interests: Member of Staff

In my role as Head Teacher, I am very luck to work with a diverse governing body with a wide range of skills and attributes. I have had some experience of working as a Governor as my previous role involved me being a Staff Governor at King’s Wood School. I know that my vision for delivering the best possible primary education to your children is fully supported by the governors of the school and that we will be able to work in partnership, in challenging times, to achieve our goals.

Mike Ferguson

Co-opted Governor

Business/Personal Interests: None

Originally from Derby (still follow “The Rams” I’m afraid) I’ve played an active role in the life of the School, both as a member of the PTA and as a governor since I came to High Wycombe just over 15 years ago. I was Chair of Governors for the five years.
All three of my children attended Highworth, the youngest two from the Nursery. The eldest two are at now Exeter and Durham Universities and the youngest at Wycombe High School. They all have many fond memories of their time at the School, from teachers and friends to a whole host of productions, concerts, trips, and special events including the Christmas Bazaar, as an elf helping in Santa’s Grotto!

Emma Starling

Co-opted Governor

Business/Personal Interests: Parent of child(ren) attending the school

I have two daughters who both started their time at Highworth in the Nursery. I have enjoyed helping at school since the girls started in the Nursery and became more involved when I was elected as a Parent Governor in November 2012. It is a great privilege to be more involved with the school and to have the opportunity to work with the other governors and teachers at Highworth. Away from school, I work for a market research company.

Tony Green

Co-opted Governor

Co-opted Governor
Business/Personal Interests: Councillor for the Terriers and Amersham ward of Wycombe District Council

Tony has been associated with Highworth since his eldest daughter joined the Nursery in 1999. Both his daughters attended the school before moving on to Holmer Green Senior School. During their time at the school Tony was an active member of the PTA, being its treasurer for two years. He also used to be the DJ at the school discos.
After his youngest daughter left the school, Tony wanted to continue his association with the school and became a governor in November 2010 following his wife, Debbie, who was a governor for four years previously.
Tony is a Wycombe District Councillor for the Terriers and Amersham Hill ward which includes Highworth within its boundaries.

Emily Guiver

Co-opted Governor

Co-opted / Foundation Stage Governor
Business/Personal Interests: Parent of child(ren) attending the school

I became a parent governor at Highworth in 2010 when my daughter was in Reception and I was keen to become more involved within the school. She has now moved on to secondary school but I still have a son in Year 5.

Having also worked in the school previously, I feel I have a good idea of how the school operates from both a governance point of view and educationally day to day.
I look forward to moving into my ninth year as a governor, continuing with responsibility for SEN.

Ellen Hawes

Co-opted Governor

Co-opted Governor
Business/Personal Interests: None

I’ve been a Governor at Highworth since 2010. Both my children attended the school from nursery to year 6 and found Highworth to be a happy, encouraging school with so many good features and opportunities. I’m continually impressed by the fantastic dedicated team of staff who are so committed to the education and wellbeing of the children. I find being a Governor a really interesting and rewarding role - I’ve learnt a lot from being involved with the school too!

My background is in the charity sector - I’ve worked for various national charities as Trusts/ General Fundraising Coordinator as well as working part-time for High Wycombe Shopmobility. I recently gained an Open University degree in Environmental Science, am interested in all things Environmental, like a good bit of comedy and I work with and look after a demonstration Hearing Dog called Kerry.

Matt Lamming

Co-opted Governor

Co-opted Governor
Business/Personal Interests: None

I have been a governor at Highworth since 2007 originally as parent governor and more recently as a Co-opted governor. I have two children that have benefitted hugely from the education they received and from being part of the community at Highworth. My children are now at Unversity and Secondary school and have happy memories of their time at Highworth.

I am currently Chair of our Premises, Personnel and Finance Committee. My governor duties fit around a busy family life and a career as an IT manager for GlaxoSmithKline. Although it is sometimes difficult to find time to fit everything in, being a governor at Highworth is one of the most personally rewarding things I do.

Rafiq Raja

Co-opted Governor

Co-opted Governor
Business/Personal Interests: Grandparent to children at the school

Rafiq Raja is the longest serving member of Highworth School’s governing body, having first joined the combined governing body of the then Terriers First & Middle Schools in 1984. Rafiq was the chairman of the governing body during most of the 1990s and at the time of the amalgamation of Terriers First & Middle schools into Highworth Combined School and believes that he has enjoyed his time on the governing body and has had the privilege of working with some very hardworking and dedicated individuals. His most satisfying and rewarding time, according to him, was during the successful merger of the two schools into Highworth, being involved with the choosing of the name, the logo, the uniform, writing its mission statement, appointment of the best young head teacher of the era and the realisation of a dream of seeing Highworth become the school it now is. He is grateful that he had "the opportunity and the privilege to lead a very talented and diligent group of governors and teachers who have helped to turn a dream into reality and for having had the chance of making a difference". He was officially presented with his long service certificate as a school governor by BCC leader, Cllr Martin Tett, on 5 December 2012.

Shabana Hussain

Parent Governor

As a parent to three children at the school, I am very pleased to have joined the governing body from 2018. I used to be a pupil at the school when it was known as Terriers Middle school.

I have served in the education sector for fifteen years, have experience in governance and regulatory matters and have worked with external professional bodies such as Ofsted. I am very passionate about education and currently work in the Higher Education sector. I will be part of the Curriculum Committee as I have a broad interest in curriculum development and am very versed in the academic world.

Sanam Khan

Co-opted Governor

I have lived in High Wycombe since 2011 and my eldest is currently in Year 1 and my youngest has recently started Nursery.

Professionally, I am a commercial lawyer currently working in the public sector. I feel, as every parent does, that my children deserve the best possible education. Highworth has seen a huge amount of improvement over the past few years. As a parent governor, I hope to be part of a team that can continue to move the school forward for the benefit of all the children.